9th Grade

Let StepUp help you get high school off to a strong start—it’s time to start exploring your college options and see what opportunities are out there for you.

What to do this year

Get involved in your school and community.

There’s more to life than just going to class and doing homework—joining a club, playing a sport, or getting involved in drama or music will make you a more well-rounded student. Extracurricular activities give you the chance to explore your interests and find out what you’re good at.

  • Volunteer in your community. Find volunteer opportunities with U Serve Utah and United Way 2-1-1.
  • Sign up for at least one school club or after-school program. Talk to your school counselor or a teacher about what opportunities are available.

Explore college options.

Start thinking now about what you want to do after high school, and find out about what opportunities are available. The more you understand now, the easier decisions will be as you get close to graduation.

  • Read through the Utah College Directory to discover what colleges in Utah may be right for you.
  • Talk with your parents, friends and community members about their college experience, and start thinking about what you want out of yours. Some questions to consider:
    • Do you want to live on campus or at home?
    • Want to go to a large college or a small one? Live in the city or rurally?
    • Does the college you are interested in offer a program in an area you want to study? Discover more at UtahMajors.org.
    • What fun opportunities and extracurricular activities are you interested in? Study abroad, student government, intramural sports, internships?

Do high school right.

Now that you’re in high school, colleges will look at your grades and classes. Do your best and study hard so you have the best chance to be accepted to your choice of colleges and qualify for scholarships.

Learn about the different ways to pay for college.

Now’s the time to start researching your options.